By court reporter Danny Tran
A disgraced police officer has become the first female member of the force to be jailed in Victoria after she was caught using obscure laws to effectively steal houses to boost her bogus property portfolio.
- Rossi claimed six vacant properties, worth a total of more than $2.6 million
- The property owners she scammed included a woman who had moved interstate to care for her sick son and a man living in South Africa who inherited a house from his father
- She will have to serve two years and four months in jail before becoming eligible for parole
Between 2016 and 2017, Rossi claimed six vacant properties — three in the rural town of Willaura, near Ararat, and three in Melbourne — which together were conservatively valued at more than $2.6 million.
Her scam would target homeowners who were interstate or out of the country, including a woman who had moved to Queensland to take care of her sick son, and a man living in South Africa who inherited a house after his father died.
The court received several references vouching for Rossi's character, including from a priest and former Victoria Police inspector David Manly, who himself was convicted of perjury as a result of the same IBAC investigation.
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